While the number of novel Corona Virus cases are enhancing day by day in India with more than 1400 cases of dreaded infections and 39 deaths, the capital has today witnessed 24 cases of infections from Nizamuddin vicinity where people had come to attend “Markaz” ( gathering of Tablighi Jamaat as being reported in news channels) from various nooks and corners of the country including abroad.

According to the latest reports, out of total nine dead in Telangana, seven had allegedly been to Nizamuddin to attend the Markaz gathering. This unambiguously indicates that these dead and 24 others have been allegedly infected by the deadly virus through some of the foreigners in the group of approximately three hundred, who were the part of the “Markaz” get together.

The foreigners” hailing from the minority community came from Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Srilanka, Singapore, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, England, France, Algeria Myanmar, Kirgistan, Nepal etc. with 71 from Indonesia singularly. All the foreigners had come to Delhi, India on tourist visas.

About two thousand participants in the Markaz at Nizamuddin have been allegedly noticed and about one thousand four hundred or more taken into custody by the Delhi government through police in DTC buses for sending them to hospitals and quarantine as per the latest news reports. Three hundred thirty-four attendees in the Markaz, Nizamuddin have been admitted in hospitals and about 700 quarantined in Delhi.

Entire Nizamuddin locality, especially the vicinity where the “Markaz” took place has been sealed and police stationed under stringent surveillance. Several doctors and paramedical staff has been deputed in the area under heavy police and paramilitary surveillance. The paramilitary troopers have cardoned off the affected area. There is Covid 19 horror around, and the Delhi government is anxious and badly worried.

The health minister Satyendra Jain has taken a serious note of the critical situation and demanded stringent action against the organisers even though section 144 was imposed prohibiting the gathering of more than five persons. A written complaint has already been sent to Delhi LG asking for rigorous action against the guilty. Health minister of NCT of Delhi Satyendra Jain has categorically said that the police authorities had denied permission to hold the “Markaz”, but the organisers at Nizammuddin had allegedly violated the law leading to the spread of dreaded virus and deaths.

The minister strongly recommended for stringent legal action against those respinsible for the lapses. Meanwhile, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal convened an urgent emergency meeting of his cabinet colleagues to discuss Nizamuddin Markaz issue and the subsequent virus infection confirmed cases of 24 participants in the Markaz gathering and subsequent findings of 534 others with being sympomatic.

Questions are being raised as to how Tablighi Jamaat has been allowed to organise n participate in Marqaz despite the hard fact that 21 days lockdown was imposed and laws prohibited any meeting of more than five persons announced by PM.

According to the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal out of total 1548 cases, about 450 cases have been found with symptoms termed as asymptomatic. While addressing the press conference today chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that he has asked LG Delhi Anil Baijal to initiate strict action against those responsible for negligence and complacence in this regard. CM Kejriwal said no official, liable for negligence, would be spared and would be dealt with severely.


Sunil Negi

Sunil Negi is a senior journalist and president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum ( Regd). He usually writes on socio political subjects and have been contributing articles in print media for the last several years. Mr. Sunil Negi had been felicitated by All India Achievers conference's Pride of India and excellence awards apart from several other recognitions. He has translated a book on ecological disaster of Uttarakhand of June 2013 and edited and published two editions of Uttaranchal's Who's Who.
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